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NEWS TTG TOP 50 TRAVEL AGENCIES


MEET THE SPONSORS


The sponsors of TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies 2020 on why they’re proud to support the event and what’s in store for them this year


HEADLINE SPONSOR Sponsor: Kuoni, Brad Bennetts


What’s new for Kuoni on the product front? We have had lots of exciting developments this year, in particular the launch of a new Family Holidays collection with the aim of doubling bookings from this sector over the next two years. With families becoming more adventurous and willing to fly further afield, the programme is geared more towards activities and experiences that families can do together on holiday, such as pinata- making, Creole language lessons and visiting orphaned baby elephants. We are excited about the


reopening of Maafushivaru (pictured right) in February, a Maldivian resort exclusive to us in the UK, which has been undergoing a luxury refurbishment. The new-look resort will be an architectural gem with small-island charm. Colombia, Madagascar,


Turkey, Greece and Israel have been added to Kuoni’s collection of escorted tours, and in the Caribbean we have seen hotel openings, including Hammock Cove in Antigua in December. In our latest Egypt and


Morocco collection, Sharm el Sheikh is back after


the Foreign Office lifted the advice on air travel and we have reintroduced four hotels here. In Morocco, we feature the new Oberoi Marrakech, an ultra-luxe hotel in a peaceful setting by 28 acres of Mediterranean orchards. Zimbabwe is back after


years of political instability. Kuoni is giving customers the chance to rediscover its potential with safari camps and lodges, which have been hand-picked for adventurous travellers. Activities range from a wild walk in Mana Pools national park to a sunset river cruise down the Zambezi. Hwange national park is one of the true African wonders, less well known but equal to Kruger or the Serengeti. Victoria Falls needs no introduction: it’s perfect for adrenaline junkies after a fix of white- water rafting, or simply for those who want to admire the Smoke that Thunders.


What trends has Kuoni seen? We are seeing a growing thirst for expertise – Journey Latin America is one of the specialist brands within the DER Touristik Group and we’ve seen sales through agents increase as people seek in-depth knowledge. We have invested in training and


Worldwide College has been a big hit. It is back in 2020 with a Far East focus. In terms of destinations, our best performers are still strong for 2020 with Maldives retaining its number one spot. Mauritius comes in at number two, and Thailand is still the most popular Far East destination, in third place. Sri Lanka, following the


devastating Easter attacks, has seen a gradual return and forward bookings are looking promising. Still in the top five for 2020, it is a diverse destination that’s hard to replicate. We have made significant strides to evolve small group touring. Vietnam is


our top-selling escorted- touring destination, with Highlights of Vietnam leading the way. Highlights of Jordan, including must-see experiences such as the rose red city of Petra and the Dead Sea, is up 20% year-on-year, and tours across Europe are also proving strong – up 12%. Value for money is a pull for South Africa, where a glass of wine could cost as little as £1.80 – tours here are up 20%. River cruises are increasing in popularity, with the Mekong Discovery in Vietnam trending as top choice. This cruise-tour is ideal for exploring the Mekong River and areas nearby, visiting Siem Reap’s sites including


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